Dr, James Stewart

John Nehme is the President and CEO of Allies Against Slavery, an innovative nonprofit that builds slave-free cities by mobilizing communities, supporting local trafficking survivors and promoting system change. Under John's leadership, Allies launched the Slave-Free City Network, a collective impact initiative that coordinates multi-disciplinary stakeholders across eight sectors in the city of Austin. His vision also inspired the Texas Slavery Mapping Project, a groundbreaking research partnership with the University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research. John is the Producer of American Love Story: A Community In Search Of Freedom, a forthcoming documentary from Trade In Hope about a former slave and an unlikely group of citizens who come together in an effort to create the first slave-free city in the United States. John has a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University where he studied as an Ingram Scholar, and he earned his MA in Political Economy from the University of Sydney, Australia, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. His background in cross-sector community development, including posts at the Centre For Social Justice think tank in London and the international nonprofit Blood:Water Mission, deeply shapes his belief that ending slavery means addressing the interconnected, root-cause challenges affecting the marginalized and oppressed.

 

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